An American Family History

The Ayers Family of Leeds County, Ontario

  Also spelled Eayres, Eyers  

Closson (or Classen) Ayers was born about 1791 and was the son of Ephraim Eyers.

He married Catherine Mallory.

Clossen and Catherine's children probably included:

Lyman Ayers (1814),
Lydia Ayers (1816, married Alfred Munro),
Zeno Ayers (1817, married Jane Eastman),
Mary Ann Ayers (1824), and
Ephraim Ayers (1828).

In 1811 Clossen was a single man in Yonge Township.

In 1811 Clossen petitioned the township of Yonge for a grant of 200 acres as the son of a loyalist.

During the War of 1812, Clossen served in the Leeds County Militia.

On March 17, 1812, Clossen petitioned for land he was entitled to because of his father's service.

On February 20, 1824, Memorial No. 162 from George Purvis and Lydia, his wife, and George Purvis, and Lavinia, his wife, for 30 acres of the west half of Lot 17 was made to Closson Ayers. Israel Mallory, husband of Phoebe Ayers, witnessed the document.

Clossen died in Mallorytown in 1840.

On February 7, 1813, the American army raided Elizabethtown (present day Brockville, Leeds County, Ontario). The Americans crossed the frozen St. Lawrence River and seized equipment, freed American prisoners, and captured Canadian men.


The Battle of the Windmill was in November, 1838. Loyalists defeated an invasion attempt by Hunter Patriots, led by  Nils von Schoultz, who were attempting to overthrow British rule. The battle was at a windmill two miles east of Prescott.







from A Record of the Descendants of Captain John Ayres of Brookfield, Mass by William Henry Whitmore, John Ayres (Captain.)

Edwards Ayres of Brookfield, m. Jemima Davis there, 19 Nov. 1718, and had
William b. 16 Dec. 1719; d. 20 Oct. 1721.
John b. 10 Jan. 1721-2.
Abigail b. 13 Feb. 1723-4.
Hannah b. 2 May, 1726; d. 25 Oct. 1738.
Samuel b. 25 Feb. 1727-8 ; d. 24 Oct. 1730.
Jedediah b. 7 Sept. 1729.
Ephraim b. 13 June, 1733.
Edward b. 31 Jan. 1734-5.


from The American Ruling Cases as Determined by the Courts edited by Basil Jones

The controversy is as to whether the complainant, Henry McCarthy, is an heir of John Earl, deceased, and entitled to an interest in the lands of which he died seized. Complainant claimed to be an illegitimate son of Susan Champion, who was the mother of John Earl. It is admitted that Earl was an illegitimate son of said Susan Champion, whose maiden name was Ayers. She originally lived in Elizabeth township, near Brockville, Ontario, Canada. There she was married to Elias Champion in 1830. John Earl ‘was born to Susan Champion (then Susan Ayers) in 1822, and after her marriage to Elias Champion he became a member of his mother's family and lived with her up to the time of [92] her death, in 1893, usually being known by the name of John Champion. . .

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